The Good, the Bad, and the Duke

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke

by Janna MacGregor

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ISBN-13: 9781250295972
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses , #4
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 59,115
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. She is the author of the Cavensham Heiresses series, which includes The Bad Luck Bride, The Bride Who Got Lucky, and The Luck of the Bride.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Duke 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
As a lover of historical regency novels, I really enjoyed this book. The lovely Lady Daphne finds herself in a dilemma when her family leaves for Christmas holiday and accidentally leaves her at home, which is an unheard of predicament for a young lady of quality. But taking advantage of this time she focuses on a dream that she has had of forging forward on her own, and opening a home for unwed mothers. When searching out the perfect property, she comes into competition with another would-be buyer, who just happens to be a long-time acquaintance, who is now a Duke. The twists and turns of how this couple weaves in and out of how to behave properly in public, and how to handle the love that is growing between them makes for a very interesting read. At times steamy (which I have no problem with), the couple work sometimes together and sometimes against to find their way to each other. There are back stories that get in their way- providing obstacles that they must overcome. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and publishers in return for an honest review, which this has been.
BuckeyeAngel 7 days ago
Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems? I started this book with a good feeling.I liked the introduction to Paul and the situation he was in. My problem was with Daphne. The initial introduction to her was cute, but the day that she’s left home alone she goes through so many personality changes within those few pages that I just didn’t like her. Unfortunately, it made it hard for me to want to finish this book. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
makeup-your-mind 7 days ago
I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley, my first from this author. This is the kind of book that should be read by other authors looking to improve their writing. Her magnificent use of metaphors was awe-inspiring. The poetry of her phrases forced me to linger on every word, to savor the sensations evoked. Ms. MacGregor's fluency and adept use of language floored me throughout the book. She moved seamlessly from exquisitely crafted metaphors to cleverly-worded literal interpretations of words and fun with homophones. Truly, if I could rate this higher than a measly five stars, I would. Not a page passed by without something that caused me to pause in amazement, but here are a few I feel compelled to share. I will end with this: Somehow, she reached a place deep inside his chest and squeezed until she had him worshipping her mouth like a heathen ready to convert to any religion she offered. Describing her as an ethereal creature was like describing the moon as a circle in the sky. It was the only conclusion he could draw, and he'd never had much talent in art. The deep roughness of his voice reminded her of freshly cut wood. Appropriate since he was determined to cut her from his life and, like a splinter, she refused to let go.
Robindpdx 7 days ago
This was a well-written, entertaining book. Lady Daphne Hallworth ends up alone for the holidays. She uses the time to write in her personal diary and work on plans for the home for unwed mothers she wants to open. Someone steals her diary, and she discovers her brothers former best friend, now enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart, is bidding on the same property she wants for her charity project. Paul is trying to improve his reputation, and wants to open a hospital to honor his brother. Daphne and Paul make an agreement for him to help get her diary back in exchange for her help changing her family's opinion of him. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
Deb_from_Oz 8 days ago
We have met both of these characters in previous book in this series. Paul Barstowe, the Duke of Southart has been ostracised through no fault of his own maybe this is why he is continually lamenting why he isn't good enough for the heroine in this story I felt like smacking him to the side of the head and telling him to buck up and get on with it. Lady Daphne Hallworth younger sister of a previous hero wants to start a home for unwed mothers when she is accidently left t home alone by her family during Christmas she sees it as her chance The only probleem been they both want the same land she needs it for her home he wants it to build a hospital on in memory of his brother. As they fall in love while searching for her diary they may both get what they want. I
Historical_Romance_Lover 9 days ago
I loved Daphne and Paul's story!! I always hoped he would get his HEA and MacGregor didn't disappoint! When Daphne is loft alone at home during the holiday season, she decides to make the most of it and do the work she needs to get her home for unwed mother's off the ground. After visiting the location she plans to purchase, she is robbed and her personal journal is stolen. She must get it back or her family could be ruined. She runs into her brother's former friend, Paul, and he agrees to help her out. She knows that she shouldn't allow him to be around her, but he is going to help her... Paul agrees to help Daphne in exchange for her help in trying to restore his friendship with her brother. But as they spend more and more time together, an attraction grows between the two. What will happen when Daphne's brother finds out they have been spending time together? Will it make the situation worse or will it end the rift between the friends? I loved watching these two together. Daphne had known Paul practically her whole life and know that the person she had known as a child was still there somewhere. She hoped that when her brother learned of what Paul had done to help her, it would help to start mend their broken friendship. We see a little glimpse of the two together when Daphne was young and they seemed to have had a bond then too. If was a much different bond now that they were both adults! This was a great addition to the Cavensham Heiresses series and I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous 9 days ago
This is my first book by this author and I can def say I will be reading more. I wanted to save it for December so I'd have a holiday read. This is one of those books that really made me "feel" for the characters and I love when a book can do that. Being an avid reader it becomes harder and harder to find books like that. Anyways, I think my favorite line from the book also sums it up very well. " I could fall in love with him easily. Sometimes the heart does what it wants no matter what common sense says."
Mermer 9 days ago
A Historical romance with heart,emotions and passion. Daphne had something stolen from her that if the contents got out would riuion her family and herself Paul is a person that Daphne shouldn't associate with but she need his help to find her lost article. When they were young they a connection and they are finding that they still have that connection and it is growing each time they are together. Good story,romance and passion. Voluntarily reviewed
Anonymous 10 days ago
I have not been disappointed with any of Ms. MacGregors books. Paul is the Duke of Southart who is trying to become a better man by taken his place in society. He wants to open a hospital in his beloved brothers name so Doctors have a place to do research and help cures for illnesses. He finds he is having to prove himself in more ways than one to society. Daphne is left behind by her family when they leave to celebrate Christmas at her brothers country estate. when she goes for a walk in the park she is set upon by a third who stills her ritacule which contains a journal which she writes her deepest thoughts. She follows the thief to a gaming hell and runs into the Duke of Southart who happens to be her brothers former best friend. But Daphne brings out his instinct to protect her. While trying to find the thief and her journal they both help each other heal. I enjoyed this book very much. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
alterlisa 10 days ago
First, what I loved about the book-- mostly, the heroine, Daphne. She was headstrong and pretty modern thinking for a woman of this era (although I'm not sure what the time period was). I also adored the history that she had with our hero, Paul. I so love getting a peek at the childhood of characters and watching them morph into the adults they become for us in these books. What I didn't love -- that Daphne was so headstrong. Let's face it, she was pretty impetuous and was lucky that her escapades did not land her in more trouble than they did. All in all though, this was a pretty enjoyable book. I read it in only 1 day and when I discovered that there were actually three earlier books in this series, kind of glad that I read it out of order (and if you've read any reviews I write, you know I'm a stickler for NOT reading a series out of order). So now, I can binge the earlier books without having to wait a year to visit the Cavensham heiresses again! It is not a problem at all reading this book out of order. It does an excellent job of standing on it's own though I'm sure once I get the first three read, I'll probably reread this just to get the full enjoyment of an excellent series.
MLH438 12 days ago
The reformed rake storyline is one of my favorites, and The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna McGregor is an awesome example of how it should be done. Paul Barstowe has become the Duke of Southart after losing his older brother and father. On the outside, he is a duke with wealth and position in society. On the inside, he is dealing with a life full of mistakes and regrets and is working hard to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of that same society. Lady Daphne Hallworth is a very perceptive young woman, who sees the good in Paul even though she knows the mistakes he has made. The unconditional support she receives from Paul gives her the strength to fight for their relationship, even in the face of opposition from her family. Paul wants Daphne, and feels he doesn't deserve her, but her belief in him also gives him strength. "He realized that his contentment, his sense of place in the world, and his belonging was only attributable to her." I really loved this book and enjoyed reading it. The characterizations are wonderful, and the writing is top-notch. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a satisfying historical romance. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Splashesintobooks1 12 days ago
What a fun and very different regency romance this proved to be! You've probably seen the films in the "Home Alone" series, well this is the adult, regency version. Lady Daphne Hallworth has everything packed up ready to leave London to spend the festive season with her fa mily. The problem is her Mum thinks she's left with her brother and he thinks she's left with their Mum . . . and they've both left her behind! She goes for a walk and a street urchin steals her personal journal, one in which she has written so many family secrets and imagined relationships that would be devastating if it ends in the wrong hands. The chase ends up with Paul Barstowe, the Duke of Southart, coming to her rescue. He was a family friend who had rescued her before and was also the hero in many of her dreams and stories but that was before he fell out with her brother and became estranged from her family. Paul is hoping to create a hospital to honour the memory of his brother, whilst Daphne hopes to create a home for unwed mothers. Unfortunately they are both hoping to purchase the same property for their endeavours. However, Paul keeps striving to protect Daphne and to help her regain possession of her journal and the more they meet the stronger the attraction between them grows. Can they resist temptation? Can he help her keep her reputation and get her journal back? Can she help him become a family friend again? This is the story of a young rebel, rejected by so many, striving for acceptance and finding love. There are so many secrets being kept by both families and it is only as these are uncovered that there is any hope for this couple. It is a story of the truth helping heal old wounds and love shining a light on the way. The friendships and relationships are key to this story and I was very happy with what happened to the person striving to cause trouble for them all! It is the fourth book in this series but can still be read as a standalone - though it may well tempt you to read the others, too! I requested and received a copy of this book via NetGalley without obligation and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
MalkaShayna 12 days ago
I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review. Basically this is a historical best friend's sister romance, with a twist. Growing up, Lord Paul Barstowe, the second son of the Duke of Southart and Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, were best friends, but to Lady Daphne Hallworth, Alex's little sister, Paul was her hero. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, Paul and Alex not only became estranged, but Alex came to think of Paul as his enemy. That happened in the first book, which I have not read yet, but I was enable to glean enough from the narrative provided by the author to understand the dynamics. Once his mother died, Paul grew up with indifference, bordering on hatred, from his father and became a rake, gambler and alcoholic. Years later, his beloved older brother, his protector, Robbie, died of rheumatic fever, followed shortly afterwards by the death of their father, making Paul the Duke of Southart. As Paul strives to be a responsible man, he is further tormented by his father from the grave. Meanwhile, Daphne has grown up to be a lovely but independent young woman. She has been in love with Paul since she was 9 years old but since the estrangement between the two families has kept them apart, she has decided to remain single and open a home for unwed mothers. Due to another miscommunication, she is left alone in London during Christmas time. A street urchin steals her reticule containing her personal journal, which if read by the wrong people, could cause ruin to her family. Spotting her searching for the boy, Paul vows to help her. Spending a few days together, they both realize that they love the other, but can they have a future together? Aside from the rife between her brother and the man she loves, there is a villain, who learns about the journal, and would do anything to destroy them both. Endearing characters and a compelling plot are skillfully written. I enjoyed reading this book, which I stayed up later than I should have to finish. However, I have to wonder, if Alex was such a good friend to Paul, why did he not know what Paul was going through at home, that which molded him into the scoundrel he became? A real friend would have known.
EileenAW 13 days ago
I loved reading Paul and Daphne’s amazing story in The Good, The Bad and The Duke by Janna MacGregor, book 4 in her Cavensham Heiresses series. Poor Lady Daphne Hallworth; almost a spinster living with family, her finances controlled by her brother, yet somehow unseen to others. How they could have forgotten her when they left for the Christmas holiday just reinforced her feeling of being invisible. Daphne decided to make the best of the situation and prove her independence. Unfortunately for Daphne her journal of private thoughts has been stolen by a street urchin. Enter Paul Barstowe, a man we discover is not only a better man than we were led to believe in earlier books, but with a depth of reasons for his previous behavior. Paul, he former best friend of Daphne’s brother, has worked hard to redeem his reputation. With Paul’s help to find the journal Daphne shows signs of recapturing her former self and the adventurous spirit she kept hidden since the death of her sister. Paul and Daphne are amazing together. He sees her, really sees who she is and she has been in love with him since a young girl. Plus their chemistry is off the charts. I loved how Daphne stood up to her family to accept Paul and realize that he is a changed man. This story is a definite celebration of the redemptive power of love. Ms. MacGregor wrote an emotionally rich and moving story filled with sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters that are not to be missed. I highly recommend The Good, The Bad and The Duke to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
CathyGeha 13 days ago
The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor The Cavensham Heiresses #4 When Lady Daphne Hayworth was nine an encounter with Paul Barstowe, her brother’s best friend, made a lasting impression. Years later they are given the opportunity to spend time together during the holidays and what transpires changes both of their lives forever. It takes them a bit of time to get to their happily ever after but with each page read I felt the story building and growing in a way that had me hoping all would work out for both of them in the end. This story is well plotted and written with both Daphne and Paul people I admired and could relate to. I loved their story and can’t wait to read what comes next. I am unsure who gets their story told next BUT would love to see the vicar appear in a book of his own someday as he is a man that intrigues me. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
christokes 13 days ago
The Good, the Bad, and the Duke is a perfect historical romance for readers to enjoy. It is a lovely read filled with witty water, strong characters, and a romance that makes a cold heart feel. The dialogue is fantastic and the personalities you read are deep and true. Two such strong headed characters with clashing goals make for quite an intriguing read! Daphne and Paul are both intriguing characters. I loved their interactions, the shared history we watch unfold, and the promise of something more. Daphne is a heroine I adore. She is smart; a woman who knows her own mind. Her determination to fulfill her plans and keep her secret, all the while protecting those she loves, gives her a spunk that readers can admire and relate to. Paul is a character shrouded in mystery, making the reader questions his motives, but once his true nature is discovered, you know that there is no better match for him. His redemption is a key theme throughout the book and I loved watching him change before my eyes. These two have so many things going against them, but the heart wants what it wants, and that triumph is my favorite. The writing and story building in this book is wonderful. This is my first Janna MacGregor book, but you best believe that I went out to grab the rest of this series! With the holidays coming up, this book is the perfect escape, a beautiful story set during the holidays. Between the covers, you will find hope, romance, second chances, and the most delicious forbidden love.
dSouthernGal 13 days ago
I throughly enjoyed reading this book. The romance from an earlier childhood promise, belayed through letters never received, reblooms once again, or should I say never went away, as the Duke and Abigail are in each other lives again. With the Duke in London and her wanting independence from family, Abigail decides to be the governess of her neighbor, the Dukes younger sister. Due to weather, the Dukes London entourage ends up having to detour to the Dukes country estate. And the intrigue begins...
KindleLady 13 days ago
I have not read any other books in this series, so I can't compare this book to the others in the series. I had difficulty getting into this story because I found Daphne to be a paradox and not believable. I felt the relationship between Daphne and Paul stilted, especially early in the book. I enjoy a happy ending, but with a little less angst. I was given an ARC for my honest opinion.
momof3boysj 14 days ago
Daphne is left behind at Christmas, and she decides to make the most of it and makes plans for a home for unwed mothers. A street urchin steals her reticule, but the journal inside is worth more than money--it has her deepest secrets inside--and she's ready to do anything to get it back. Paul, a new duke and reformed rake, is haunted by the reminders of the sins of his past from his deceased father reaching from the grave. He has plans for atonement and to honor his brother, but one very beautiful woman stands in his way--his former best friend's sister. As they vie for land and spend time together to find her journal, forbidden passion ignites between them. Paul knows her family will never accept him, and he's prepared to sacrifice his happiness for his "Moonbeam." Secrets are revealed, a surprising alliance is made, all hope may not be lost, but time is of the essence. **received an ARC from Netgalley**
MellieReadsALot 14 days ago
This book got off to a slow start for me (not sure why, as I usually really like stories where the characters knew each other first as children). I gave it a chance and by the middle of the second chapter I was hooked. Lady Daphne is overlooked by her happily-married family members in a Home Alone-style Christmas mix-up. She uses her glimpse of freedom to more permanently gain independence from her lovingly, controlling brother. Paul, Duke of Southart, used to be good friends with Lady Daphne's brother. After series of poor chooses and miscommunication led to their estrangement, Paul finds himself trying to reconcile with his once close friend. In a chance encounter, Paul comes to Lady Daphne's aid. She enlists his continued help and in turn agrees to encourage her brother's interest in renewing his friendship with. Paul. Interacting outside the normal confines of polite society, their secret long-time interest in each other quickly blossoms. Yet, individual scandal looms for both Paul and Lady Daphne. Janna MacGregor created a wonderful read. Will Paul and Lady Daphne be able to save themselves, each other, and navigate their family's disapproval?
georgia1 14 days ago
Step back in time as Janna MacGregor takes you on a journey that will turn your heart upside down and satisfy every emotion needed in a historical romance. A newly title Duke, Paul Barstowe was looking for redemption to overcome his past foibles. Oh, yes there were many as he tried to defy the father that never felt he was good enough and had no love to give him. But his father passed away very quickly after his brother, who on his deathbed, wished Paul to become the Good Duke. Lady Daphne had her own trials when it seemed she was the insignificant family member as she was left at home for Christmas by mistake! But why not take advantage and pursue her dream of opening a home for Unwed mothers and be independent with the money that was left to her? Of course, her plans go astray when her journal with all her thoughts (oh yes, there were some great fantasies there about Paul- wait, yes she knew him from when she was young!) was snatched by an urchin!! But who else would she run into but Paul at the gaming house the thief ran into!! The adventure begins as fate steps in and throws them together. Yes, they need each other and Daphne is a force to be reckoned with! Loved both of these characters and in this author's amazing style, they came alive and pulled me from page to page! I want give anymore away because you will enjoy everything about this tale and have a heartsmile as you turn the last page. Although part of a series, this can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to do that? Read the entire series and fall into the wonderful world created by this author!! I read this through NetGallery. Lori Dykes
PegC51 14 days ago
Paul Barstowe did some very bad things in his past. He got into trouble to gain the attention of his neglectful and abusive father. He continued until his repulsive behavior cost him his friends. When his brother died, he promised Robbie that he would reform. He would become a responsible duke and a better man. Lady Daphne Hallworth has loved Paul since she was a child, but due to his behavior toward members of her family, they hate him. She doesn’t, but she is loyal to her family. What happens when circumstances bring the two of them together for Christmas? They have a great adventure, get to know each other, and fall in love. They know how the family feels and that they cannot be together, but they will keep each other company through Christmas. Who knows what will happen after that. This story was interesting and emotional. It kept my attention from start to finish. The search for Daphne’s missing journal was intense, but their visits to the Reynolds were humorous. Daphne and Paul were wonderful characters. They had much in common. Their responses to the grief they felt at the loss of a sibling were different, but resulted in a desire in both of them to help others like Robbie and Alice. Pembroke and Sommerton rejected Paul and his attempts to make peace with them and regain their friendship. The ladies of the family were not so stubborn, and one of the children offered him friendship (and a kitten). His father who had always treated him badly, sent one more devastating surprise from the grave, one from which he might not recover. It will end his chance at acceptance and a life with Daphne, but it gives him a means to retrieve her journal from the nasty piece of work determined to use it to ruin the author. What happens next? It’s not what he or the reader expected. Don’t you love surprises? I enjoyed and recommend The Good, The Bad, and The Duke. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The review and opinions are my own.
etoile1996 14 days ago
paul barstowe, now duke of southart, was a charming, possibly misunderstood villain in the earlier novels in this series, so in the good, the bad, and the duke he's up for redemption. and you guys, he's possibly the absolute best? i mean, i'm also clearly a huge sucker for reformed bad boys. a fact that's been well-established here. but i love a hero who is complicated and imperfect. i love that the romance is partly about how much he would do for the woman he loves. there's something heady and delightful about that. because from the moment this story opens, it's clear that paul will do what ever he can for daphne. that somehow, some way, she's caught his eye and he's never not seen her. and she sees him too. she sees his imperfections, she knows he's done wrong, but she also sees how hard he tries to make things right. how deep his sense of honor runs, and she simply can't stop herself for loving him for it. this was such an enjoyable read, i've been on a contemporary kick of late, but i really enjoyed this historical. **the good, the bad, and the duke will publish on november 27, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
ScrapNSign 14 days ago
A delightful of redemption and finding love. Janna MacGregor is best known for her wonderful regency romances and this is my favorite one yet!
escape_inabook 14 days ago
The Good The Bad and The Duke is a cautionary tale to never let your >bleeep